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Oregon Football: 5 Predictions for Ducks vs. Tennessee Tech

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent INovember 22, 2016

Oregon Football: 5 Predictions for Ducks vs. Tennessee Tech

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    With two games in the books, Oregon has been a team that has cruised, but has also shown some weaknesses along the way.

    After playing Arkansas State and Fresno State, the Ducks get their last out-of-conference game out of the way when they take on Tennessee Tech this Saturday. 

    While many believe (and deservedly so) that the Ducks will just sail through this game, they do have a lot to work on before they take on Arizona in the conference opener.  

    Here is a look at five predictions for the Ducks game against Tennessee Tech. 

    Joe Penkala is a B/R National Featured Columnist who covers college football. You can contact him @joepenkala. 

Mariota Looks Calm Again

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    Marcus Mariota has looked completely different in the two games he's played in. During the Arkansas State game, Mariota appeared calm and cool in the pocket and was on point with every pass.

    One week later, Mariota went up against Fresno State and looked a bit different. He showed a bit of impatience and also reminded people he will not be perfect after he lost a couple of fumbles.

    Expect Mariota to return to form, get some work in and look sharp heading into the game against Arizona. 

Dion Jordan Has 2 or More Sacks

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    Very quietly, Dion Jordan has been having a good start to 2012. Jordan is an outstanding pass-rusher and is one of the focal points of any offense that steps foot on the field against him.

    Against Tennessee Tech, Jordan will have plenty of opportunities to get after the quarterback, and his speed from the edge will result in him having at least two sacks this weekend. 

Both Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas Scores Twice

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    When you look at the Heisman race, players like Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas are two candidates that could end up running away with the award. 

    So far this year, both backs have been putting up outstanding numbers and that will continue once more against Tennessee Tech. Look for the duo to score two touchdowns a piece and enjoy the game from the sideline in the second half. 

Starters Are Out Quickly

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    One thing that can happen at anytime during a football game is a serious injury. After two weeks of the season, the Ducks have already lost a key part to each side of the ball. 

    On the defensive side, starting senior safety John Boyett is done for the year after requiring surgery on both knees. On offense, senior guard Carson York is finished for the season as well. 

    In a game like this one, the hope is that the Ducks can get started quickly and be able to coast through the second half. Expect to see Chip Kelly put his foot on the gas early so that he can get his starters out of the game and resting as soon as possible. 

Ducks Look Ready for Arizona

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    After the Arkansas State game, the Ducks looked like they were in midseason form.

    Against Fresno State, the Ducks showed that they are not a machine and can sometimes have some issues of their own.

    While Tennessee Tech is an FCS school, look for Oregon to assert their dominance early and take control of this game from the very first whistle and win big. 

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